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Portfolio Updates (recent talks)

Just updated my portfolio with several presentations that I recently gave at: Thotcon, Chicago Public Schools Techtalk, and DePaul’s Alumni University. Check them out!


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

IRL and Thotcon in Newsline

Here’s a great writeup by Elizabeth Clements on the Thotcon + IRL/DePaul partnership and how it went for this year’s badge project. Love it!


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Round Up of Thotcon 0xA Badge Hacks

I’m planning on doing a longer write-up of the Thotcon 0xA badge that Rudy (Ristich) and I developed this year, but in the meantime, here’s a brief list of code that we, and other folks, put together to enable you to hack the badge:

  • Great for getting started. Our Thotcon 0xA workshop/demo code that walks you through using the LEDs, capacitive touch, WiFi, microphone, and speakers can be found here.
  • For those looking to get musical, @palleiko on Twitter put together an awesome cover of Africa by Toto using the badges. GitHub code.
  • On Twitter, @lokkju posted his methods for hijacking badges. We totally anticipated that something like this was going to happen! Super excited to see folks picked up on it. GitHub.

If you’ve got any other hacks or are still adding to the toy, please reach out to me on Twitter and I’ll add your work to this list!


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Speaking at Thotcon – Hacking Conference Badges

As a reminder: I’ll be speaking at Thotcon this Friday from 2-4pm about hacking conference badges. Hope to see you there, and can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been working on with this year’s badge!


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Thotcon 0xA Talk

I’ll be speaking at Thotcon again this year on Track X: “Hacking THOTCON 0xA Badges.” Hope to see you all there, and can’t wait to show everyone the work we’ve been putting into the device this year!


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

CPS Tech Talk

Happy to announce that Sarah and I will be hosting a session on “Makerspace Considerations” for CPS’ upcoming Tech Talk. This is based off a post we co-wrote a while back. Look forward to seeing you there!


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Speaking at Future Workforce Conference

I’ll be speaking on a panel at BuildWorlds’ Future Workforce Conference on 11/29 about “Future Schools: How Leading Programs are retooling to Meet the Challenge.” Hope to see you all there!

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

ASTC Conference Talk – Building Makerspaces

I gave a talk at the Association of Science and Technology Centers on Making Makerspaces and developing a positive culture of making in the process. Here they are!

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus